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Lawn Gnome Publishing

Used Books. Events. Whimsy.

905 N 5th St
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Lawn Gnome Publishing is an independent publishing house, event space, and used bookstore located in a re-purposed 1930 bungalow. Our staff places books in hands, a gateway for communities into a world with infinite knowledge and possibilities. With the growth of the surrounding Roosevelt Row Arts District and adjacent Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Lawn Gnome Publishing has grown from a studio space to a used bookstore, publishing house, gift shop, and performance art venue.

The Greatest Event Calendar in Roosevelt Row is Now Even Greater with a Lawn Gnome Passport.

LGP Passport Shirt Bella Castillo

A Lawn Gnome Passport gets you into all events (excluding Special Engagements) for free and a Limited Edition T-Shirt designed by local artist Bella Castillo!

From August to December 2016, Lawn Gnome Publishing hosts uncensored, all-ages events that enrich the Arts’ District and Arizona State University crossroads neighborhood of Roosevelt Row. Through appreciation of humanities and diversity, the programming team and event hosts at Lawn Gnome Publishing reach out to academics, poets, storytellers, comedians, live painters, performance artists, musicians, actors, and scientists to push the boundaries of the possibilities of live performance.

Here are our weekly events:

Pink Slip Open Mic

Every Monday at 8pm, just south of Roosevelt on 5th street at Lawn Gnome Publishing artists of all styles grace our humble outdoor stage. Running for 6 years, Pink Slip is the diving board of opportunity for our community to develop a strong performance art culture, 3 to 6 minutes at a time. All Pink Slip Open Mics are all-ages and uncensored. Adult themes and language will be present.

Yarnball Storytelling

Sign-up starts at 7:30pm in the bookstore for you to tell your own story. There are two ways to participate in this all-ages event: 1) Watch people tell true stories OR 2) Sign-up and tell your own story. Every Wednesday, 8pm, Lawn Gnome Publishing invites storytellers to prepare a 5 to 8 minute, first-person story on the theme, addressing it literally or metaphorically. Yarnball Storytellers Mic is hosted by Aaron Hopkins-Johnson. This event is $5, all-ages, and uncensored. Adult language and themes may be present.

Gnome Sayin’ Variety Show

Gnome Sayin’ Variety Show is Phoenix’s best poets, comedians, storytellers, musicians, live painters, academics and performance artists exploring themes in a sometimes educational but always entertaining format! Gnome Sayin’ is an all-ages show, but there may be adult themes and language. Parental discretion is advised.

Live Music

Over the last five years, Lawn Gnome has hosted music events for local and nationally recognized acts including Saul Williams, Alice Bag, Open Mike Eagle, Sole, Fake Four’s Ceschi, Jerusafunk, Snailmate, Playboy Manbaby, Diners, Iji, Dogbreth, Bogan Via, Jared and the Mill, Wolvves, Injury Reserve, Psywave, Captain Samurai, Steven Roggenbuck, The Haymarket Squares, The Slow Poisoner, Kevin Sandbloom and many more!

Our monthly events include

First Friday Comedy

Join Comedy Avengers’ and Comedy On Fire host Matt Michelletti for another installation of First Friday Comedy at Lawn Gnome Publishing! This evening has been a home for independent comedy right in the heart of Roosevelt Row since 2013 when Jamie Sanderson and Steve Marek started hosting a monthly lineup of comedians.

Phoenix Poetry Slam

Today’s Phoenix Poetry Slam at Lawn Gnome Publishing is the result of our tradition of talented hosts, amazing performers and heart-stopping performances. Each one has helped to develop the legendary Poetry Slam reputation that led to Phoenix hosting the Individual World Poetry Slam in 2014. The Phoenix Poetry Slam is for audiences of all ages. Anyone can attend, but this uncensored show may have adult themes and language. 5 judges are selected from the audience to rank each poet’s poem through a hi-octane night of literary value!

Magic the Gathering Tournaments

Some Tuesday nights, Lawn Gnome hosts beginning level workshops and tournaments for Magic: The Gathering players!